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To delay action, wait or hesitate

delay

verb

to do something later than is planned or expected

wait

verb

to delay doing something until someone arrives or until something else happens

hesitate

verb

to pause before doing something, or to do something very slowly, usually because you are nervous, embarrassed, or worried

put off

to delay doing something, especially because you do not want to do it

hold off

to deliberately delay doing something

sit on

to delay dealing with something

procrastinate

verb

to delay doing something until later, usually something that you do not want to do

temporize

verb

to delay doing something in order to gain time

wait around

to do nothing because you are expecting something to happen, and you cannot do anything until it does

play for time

to deliberately delay doing something, or to do it more slowly than usual, so that you have more time to decide what to do

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any random process, such as a competition in which a name is drawn from a hat

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